Suicide and Alcohol Abuse
Pp. 40-54 (15)
Marco Innamorati, Maurizio Pompili, Gianluca Serafini, Luigi Janiri, Désirée Harnic, Denise Erbuto and David Lester
Suicide is an escalating public health problem, and alcohol use has consistently been
implicated in the precipitation of suicidal behavior. We reviewed evidence for the relationship between
alcohol use and suicide through a search of MedLine and PsychInfo electronic databases. The results of
our review indicate a clear link between alcohol use disorders and suicide but, to date, the causal nature
of this relationship is speculative. The solution may be in research investigating the possible biological,
social and psychological variables that mediate this link.
Alcohol abuse, suicidal behaviour, psychiatric disorders.
Department of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Organs Functions, Suicide Prevention Center, Sant’Andrea Hospital, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy